Introducing Agroecology & This Changes Everything

We live in a rapidly changing world that will require more and more from our collective imaginations to solve ongoing problems brought on by our ever increasing population, consumerism and climate change. (I'll leave to the side nuclear war and other techno boogie men for now.)

HOW ARE WE GOING TO FEED 10 BILLION PEOPLE IN 2050?

This is why we are happy to introduce you to Agroecology. Hopefully you know all about it already. (Please click the embedded links in this post.)

See also: Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at The University of California Santa Cruz. 

I'd also like to direct your attention, yet again, to Naomi Klein. Regardless of whether your ideological state of mind inclines towards love or hatred of Ms. Klen, I hope you will become aware of her work. I think it's important. I implore you to read "This Changes Everything" by Naomi Klein.

I know, I know, if there is one sacred cow that elicits more emotion than just about anything it's CAPITALISM. Now I'm not against Capitalism per se as long as it's a well structured, fair and sustainable model. In my humble opinion what we have dominating the global capitalist system now has much room for improvement. 

We have opportunities all around us. Many of us have simply forgotten how to collaborate, work together, be together and make something in community with one another. I believe in the power of communities to develop solutions that will allow us to continue to evolve for many more generations, but we have to get busy now. 

If you have an idea for a business, or a solution to a problem, talk with your friends and acquaintances, get their feedback and criticism, then develop a plan that will involve the people around you in making their lives and communities better. Complaining won't make things better. We need more examples of local groups doing great things to empower common people to reshape their world. We simply can't expect large corporations or governments to do things for us. We must be more independent of institutions that have gotten out of control. 

We may love Apple and Google, but does "Apple" and "Google" really love us? Remember the prime objective of business isn't necessarily to work for the common good of stakeholders and communities. It's easy, while minding your fiduciary responsibility to shareholders and executives to become blind to such externalities. 

Of course, many times private businesses, even big businesses gets things right. We live in an amazing world of abundance compared to many earlier eras. Business does many great things. But wouldn't you agree that there is always room for improvement? 

Have a listen to Peter Day's business podcast: The New Normal / The Business of Kindness / Can The Co-op Cope?. I'm obviously a fan of Mr. Day. I hope you will enjoy his podcasts.

At present Globe Hackers is developing a web based system that will allow you to find the exact resources you need for such endeavors from a large global community that have very specific skills, abilities, resources and desires, and who only need to be matched with other like minded people or groups looking to do similar things. 

It's true, more than one person at a time can have the same good idea without the need of intervention from ancient aliens. But what you do need is a committed group of hard working and skilled people collaborating in community with each other to accomplish great things. 

We'd like to invite you to help. If you have skills that can help this project contact us through our contact page

Enjoy being human.   

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Steven Cleghorn

Steven is an autodidact, skeptic, raconteur and film producer from America who has been traveling since he was a zygote. He's a producer at The Muse Films Ltd. in Hong Kong and a constantly improving (hopefully) Globe Hacker. He's seeks the company of interesting minds.